February 13, 2018

Education

The family that codes together: Faller Elementary hosts first coding night event

“Simply the thought of learning to code might be enough to trigger technophobia in people, conjuring mental images of thousands of lines of code flying across the screen at you like in the movie the Matrix.”

We are in one of the most significant transitions in the history of education. Teachers who grew up in an analog world are preparing students for a digital world with technology we can’t even imagine yet. Local schools are not just trying to teach the students, they also need to teach the parents.

 

 

When a meal is more than a meal: Sierra Sands meal programs influence funding


“For years, the district has been incessantly trying to get families to sign up for their free and reduced-price meal program. There’s a reason for that: in California schools, a meal is more than a meal. It plays a significant role in the funding the school district receives.”

It’s not easy to explain complex government funding programs, but in this case it was necessary. The local public school district was underfunded and only a hair away from triggering another tier of state funds, but they were having difficulty getting parents to understand the program. This article explains the complexity of the issue in clear language, and tracks the district official’s attempts to educate their constituents.

 

 

Robotics for STEM aims to offer students a brighter future

“Ben Waddill isn’t a scientist or engineer working on the base. He’s an eighth-grader member of the Immanuel Christian School’s robotics team. Instead of spending his evening solving for “X” in math homework, he was troubleshooting problems in electrical circuitry and gear torque on robots.”

Education is becoming more hands-on, and it’s very exciting.  One of the most exciting examples of this is the VEX Robotics competitions, where students build and program robots that then compete in robotic sports.